(there is certainly no way to convey my excitement and cap locks is the best I can do!)
The Olympics opening event has always been a huge thing among my family. In fact, the whole sporting event is huge among us and we'd spend hours & hours cheering on our favourite teams. I have a very competitive nature and any sporting event will trigger that inner competitiveness! I always believe that competitions bring out the best of an individual and it's almost impossible for me to turn down any challenge (even within myself). Without competition, there won't be success.
The live show was 5.30am but I didn't wake up in time for the beginning so, I knew that I couldn't miss the replay that afternoon! I made a mad dash to Queen Victoria Market, got my groceries and quickly sprinted back with bags of fruits and veggies. Thankfully, I got back just in time! And while watching the opening, I did some therapeutic baking. Nothing's more relaxing than kneading my bread dough while watching David Beckham making his way to the stadium in 007 style, right?
I was going for a cinnamon roll, but isn't this prettier?
Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread (Single Servings)
(adapted from Joy The Baker)
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 60 grams unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup full-fat milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs together in a smaller bowl and set aside.
- Melt milk and butter together. (I did it in a microwave!) Add water and vanilla extract. Let the mixture stand till room temperature or mildly warm.
- Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a spatula. Add the eggs and mix until the eggs are incorporated into the batter. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and continue stirring with the spatula until the mixture comes together and become sticky. (I kneaded it for a couple of minutes before resting it)
- Place the dough in a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm space. Rest the dough for about an hour until the size doubles.
- Deflate the risen dough and knead about 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough. On a lightly, floured table, roll out the dough to about 12 inches by 20 inches - or the biggest rectangle you can get.
- Spread the melted butter across the dough using a pastry brush. Sprinkle all the sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly across the dough.
- Slice the dough vertically, into six equal-sized strips. Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into six equal slices again (or for smaller servings, cut into eight stacks).
- Place each stack into a muffin tin hole (squeeze the bottom and fan out the top). Place a kitchen towel over the muffin tin and allow it to rest until almost doubled in size.
- After resting, bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and rest for 30 minutes before taking the bread out. Or eat it warm, straight from the oven like me!
I loved how crunchy the top part turned out! It was a real contrast to the soft centre.
Either way, they were gone within the evening!
I hope you're all enjoying and soaking up the Olympics spirit!
And may the best man (and woman) win!!!
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